New Inn pupils meet their Dragons heroes

GREAT DAY: The New Inn pupils pose for a photograph with Dragon, Ieuan Jones.

ON THE BALL: The pupils practice their passing skills using expert advice from the Dragons players and staff.

First published in News

PUPILS from the New Inn Primary School rugby team went on an educational visit on Wednesday with Melin Homes to Rodney Parade, home of the Newport Gwent Dragons.

The children were given a tour of the ground, met and chatted to the players and took part in a training session with Dragons community manager Mike Sage.

Melin Homes took the children on the trip as a thank you for naming their new housing development, Maes y Dderwen, at the Walk in New Inn.

The children went behind-the-scenes at the ground and education officer Phil James led them on a guided tour through the stands, changing rooms and training areas, as well as the new hospitality suite. The pupils had fun trying on the kit and hearing about pre-match preparations.

After their tour, the pupils learned some key training skills in an exercise session followed by a hard-earned lunch and a chance to interview some of the Dragons about life as a professional rugby player.

They were also presented with a Dragons magazine signed by the players and a team poster.

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12:57pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

An 'educational visit'. How sad is that? That we have to educate people north of Malpas after 11 years of 'regional' rugby. A damning indictment on 'regional' rugby in Wales. Tells us everything we need to know about the 'regional' concept. It's not reaching the hearts and minds of the places that have traditionally provided the playing talent. That is why they attract crowds of 3000 instead of the 25,000 that the likes of Leicester, Leinster and Clermont can boast. More importantly, that is why our tier one players are moving elsewhere to ply their trade.
An 'educational visit'. How sad is that? That we have to educate people north of Malpas after 11 years of 'regional' rugby. A damning indictment on 'regional' rugby in Wales. Tells us everything we need to know about the 'regional' concept. It's not reaching the hearts and minds of the places that have traditionally provided the playing talent. That is why they attract crowds of 3000 instead of the 25,000 that the likes of Leicester, Leinster and Clermont can boast. More importantly, that is why our tier one players are moving elsewhere to ply their trade. Melvyn The Milk
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